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Different Concepts Of A Jewish Democratic State

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The concept of a Jewish Democratic State has become widely accepted by Israel's courts, political parties, educational system, and even by the 'man in the street'. The term Jewish State is used a number of times in the Declaration of Independence. Some groups reject the concept of the Jewish Democratic State. These groups share the view that there is a total contradiction between the Jewish and the democratic character of the State, and hence feel they must choose between a Jewish State and a democratic State. The Islamist position certainly rejects both a Jewish and a democratic State. One more current of thought that opposes the concept of a Jewish State is the Canaanite position. This chapter analyzes the different concepts of a Jewish State. It also focuses on several other terms closely linked both with the historical and the current debate on Israel's essence as a State.

Keywords: Declaration of Independence; Israel; Jewish democratic state



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